New York Knicks: Ranking rookie seasons of the last 10 first-round picks

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8. Jordan Hill (2009)

Jordan Hill could tie with Balkman and Collins for the worst rookie seasons of the past 10 years. They all had poor stints, and not much, if anything, separates the New York Knicks’ 2009 first-round pick from the pack.

Hill lasted just 24 games with the Knicks, averaging 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds, before moving via trade to the Houston Rockets. This contributed to clearing cap space for the 2010 offseason, when Amar’e Stoudemire signed and contributed to the Carmelo Anthony trade.

Five teams in seven seasons gave Hill a chance, however, and he became a serviceable big man. Still, there was not much to note from his first year.

7. Wilson Chandler (2007)

Wilson Chandler arrived as a late first-round pick in 2007, with the upside of a scoring forward. He showed this well for two-plus years with the New York Knicks. The first year, though, hardly featured playing time, as head coach Isiah Thomas sparingly used him.

Chandler still started 16 of the 35 games he played, most of which came down the stretch, and averaged 7.3 points and 3.6 assists per game on 43.8 percent shooting. It was not anything remarkable, but an expanded role under Mike D’Antoni kickstarted his career just one season later, leading to an NBA career that remains in tact today.